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Last amended14 November 2016
Current RMA Instruments
|Reasonable Hypothesis SOP||89 of 2016|
|Balance of Probabilities SOP||90 of 2016|
Changes from previous Instruments
- ICD-9-CM Codes: 050
- ICD-10-AM Codes: B03
Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. The last known case was in 1977. The virus is held only in two secure laboratories in the USA and Russia.
Confirming the diagnosis
Diagnosis of this condition should not be made unless the disease somehow re-emerges (accident, bio-terrorism). Laboratory evidence of infection with variola virus would then be required for confirmation. Any historic cases, other than for death from smallpox, should be diagnosed as smallpox-resolved, or no incapacity found.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP